Minimum CRS score drops to 457— lowest since May 1st 2019
3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates under Express Entry draw with ranking scores of 457 and above.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers. Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool and are issued a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors. The highest-ranked candidates are issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence during regular draws from the pool.
In order to enter the Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration categories —the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break rule in the August 20 draw; candidates had to have submitted their profiles before March 24, 2019, at 15:32:42 UTC. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 457, as well as those with scores of 457 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.
IRCC has been issuing 3,600 ITAs at a time since July 10. Between January 30 and June 26, IRCC was issuing 3,350 ITAs per all-program Express Entry draw, meaning the past four draws have yielded 250 more ITAs than most of the draws held this year.
These expanded draw sizes could help IRCC exceed its single-year ITA record of 89,800 invitations that was set last year.
It is also not very often that draws are held so close to each other. Draws typically occur every two weeks and an elongated period between draws allows the Express Entry pool more time to replenish with higher-scoring candidates. The last time draws were held fewer than eight days apart was in January 2019.
The lower CRS minimum score in today’s draw may be in part attributable to the short amount of time between draws.
An Express Entry candidate who obtains a nomination from a province receives an additional 600 CRS points and is effectively guaranteed an ITA during a subsequent Express Entry draw.
In addition to the two federal Express Entry draws held over the past eight days, there have been quite a few provincial draws, which have included Express Entry candidates.
British Columbia’s latest Tech Pilot draw invited 73 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination, on August 13. Candidates needed to have job offers in one of 29 eligible occupations in B.C.’s technology sector.
Prince Edward Island also held a draw this week, issuing 143 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination, on August 15. Not all of these invites were linked to the Express Entry system.
That same day, August 15, Saskatchewan held a draw issuing a total of 150 invitations— 45 of those were Express Entry linked.
Ontario held a draw yesterday, August 19, inviting 997 candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination